A Summer Challenge for Your Core!

Here is a core challenge that can be performed anywhereanytime, and all you need is YOU!

The Plank is a very effective isometric exercise for strengthening your entire core musculature, including local and global stabilization systems.  Without  repetitively flexing and extending your back (common in many traditional abdominal exercises), the Plank places less stress on your vertebrae.  

Toes and forearms on the floor, hips lifted, shoulders down and relaxed, squeeze your shoulder blades together, maintain a neutral neck… and GO!

Image source:  Spectrum Athletic Club

Image source: Spectrum Athletic Club

Standard Plank on Stability Ball - a progression from performing this exercise on a mat.

Standard Plank on Stability Ball – a progression from performing this exercise on a mat.

To progress in your exercise program:  Begin each exercise in a stable environment, and when goal is met, transition to an unstable environment (eg. single leg, BOSU, stability ball).

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About rrluthi

Certified fitness expert with a passion for educating and empowering the 55 and better "chronologically-enriched" population about the benefits of adopting and maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle, preventing injury, and feeling good. Proven strengths applying cutting-edge fitness/wellness concepts and research through roles as a health coach, fitness trainer, and group exercise instructor—in addition to promoting these concepts in a more systematic way through blogging and social media, community outreach, public speaking, corporate wellness program facilitation and senior fitness program support.
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